Friday, November 23, 2012
At Eiheiji Temple
Today I visited Eiheiji Temple, which is the head temple of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism. It stands in the wooded hills, about 15 kilometers outside of Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture. (about 3-hour drive from Osaka)
It consists of over 70 buildings and structures, connected with each other by covered walkways.
Eiheiji is still an active monastery with around 150 practicing Zen monks. They are working hard every day in training including Zen meditation as the same way as in 770 years ago. They also work to help visitors as one of the training. In the second picture, you see two monks.
I was impressed to hear about their austere disciplines.